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Comment: Re:The problem with high clock is not just heat .. (Score 1) 271

by Jan Brunner (#17717022) Attached to: Pentium 4 631 Overclocked to 8 GHz
I have thought a bit about this before. Actually, electromagnetic waves travel even slower than the speed of light in silicon because the relative permittivity of about 10 limits the speed to around a third of it.

The conclusions I reached are that CPU design has to take this speed into account and that this is probably one of the reasons why big chips need some kind of staged pipeline system.

The human mind ordinarily operates at only ten percent of its capacity -- the rest is overhead for the operating system.

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